In St. Thomas, Hundreds of U.S. Virgin Islanders March for Social Change

James Gardner (St. Croix Source) reports that hundreds of protestors gathered on Saturday, May 15, 2010, on St. Thomas to advocate for social change. This was the first time that a collective march was held on the islands, including residents of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. Participants said they were marching to protest against things like the high crime rate and problems within the education system. Here are excerpts with a link to the full article below:

A collection of residents from all three islands met under the bungalow in Market Square early Saturday morning for a rally and march that made its way up Government Hill and back down to Emancipation Garden for a final round of speeches that lasted until the early afternoon.

Organized by local activists such as Stephanie Scott Williams and Clarence Payne, among others, the “Virgin Islands Uniting for Social Justice and Accountability March” was well attended by every segment of the community, from elementary school students to senior citizens and even politicians.

“You are our future,” Payne said to a gathering of youngsters that flanked the bungalow before the march. “You will be leading the community one day—these are things you can help us change.”

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